Mar 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Early Childhood Education, AAS

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The Early Childhood Education program provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge needed to create environments that will maximize the developmental and learning potential of all young children (birth to age 8) using developmentally appropriate practices as a foundation for program planning. Issues of diversity, inclusion and professionalism are intricately woven throughout all of the coursework. Students will have an opportunity to gain experience and knowledge through hands-on participation in early education settings. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Apply child development theory to practice;
  • Observe, record, and assess child growth and development;
  • Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum;
  • Incorporate developmentally appropriate guidance strategies;
  • Integrate health, safety, and nutrition practices according to local, state and national standards;
  • Provide a respectful, diverse and inclusive program;
  • Use interpersonal skills to develop respectful relationships with children and adults;
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards; and
  • Advocate for children, families and the profession.

Required Courses

First Year

Second Year

Total Credits: 66-68

*Indicates prerequisite and/or corequisite needed. Check course description.

Program Information

  • All EDEC coursework is offered on a two-year rotation with the exception of EDEC 108 , which is offered each fall.
  • Students enrolled in this program may participate in a Service Learning opportunity, which could qualify them to be eligible to receive an education award. For more information, contact the Service Learning office at (406) 756-3908.

Opportunities after Graduation

  • The demand for well-educated early childhood educators continues to increase. Program graduates are qualified to practice in a variety of early education and care settings, including early childhood education programs, child care centers, family home care settings, preschools and public school classrooms as primary grade para-educators. Continued education and experience provides opportunities to become teacher trainers, early childhood consultants, early education specialists and program administrators. The AAS degree in Early Childhood Education also articulates into UM-Western’s BS program in Early Childhood Education.

Advising Information:

For more information about this program, contact the FVCC Student Support Center or the Faculty Advisor. 

Student Support Center Advisor Faculty Advisor                           
Jori Bullemer Eliza Thomas, M.A.
LRC 129 BSS 120
(406) 756-3905 (406) 756-4865

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